Britons headed to the polls on Thursday to vote in the European elections. The Brexit stalemate meant UK citizens took part in the vote despite having voted to leave the EU in 2016. Voters were thought likely to use the election as a chance to vent their frustration over the shambolic Brexit standoff. While the results won’t be known until 10pm on Sunday, the newly founded Brexit Party was leading in the polls ahead of this week’s vote.
What is the Brexit Party?
The Brexit Party was launched by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in response to the government’s failure to reach a Brexit deal by March 29 as promised.
The date on which the UK will leave the EU has since been pushed back to October 31 2019, providing a deal isn’t agreed upon beforehand.
While the newly formed Brexit Party does not have a manifesto, it pledged to push a Brexit deal over the line if it won the EU elections.
The rebel party also promised to kill off any chances of a second referendum if it won the EU vote.
At the party’s launch leader Nigel Farage said if his party topped the polls, then its representatives “must join the EU negotiating team”.
Farage has also speculated that wins for the Brexit Party could impact the leadership of the two main Westminster parties.
Mr Farage told 3,000 supporters at a Brexit Party rally: “We will quickly get rid of the worst prime minister in the history of our nation.
“You never know, given the way we are smashing the Labour vote in Wales and the Midlands, a big Brexit win might get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as well.”
The Brexit Party has pledged to bring about big change if it makes gains in European Parliament election.
What will happen to the Brexit Party after the EU elections?
If the Brexit Party wins a large number of MEP seats then several things could happen, an EU expert has claimed.
Theresa May’s position as PM is more perilous than ever following Andrea Leadsom’s shock resignation on Wednesday night.
But Brexit Party success could speed up Mrs May’s departure even more.
EU academic Matthew Goodwin told Express.co.uk: “If the Brexit Party win they are likely to increase the chances of Prime Minister May’s departure but also her successors promising a ‘no deal’ Brexit.”
While Farage may not be an elected MP, Brexit Party victory at the EU elections would give him added political clout.
Mr Goodwin said: “Farage might not be elected to Westminster but he is still wielding considerable influence over British politics.”
The final YouGov poll before the election put the Brexit Party at 37 percent of the vote.
The poll which asked 3,864 Britons who they would vote for from May 19 to May 21 put the Lib Dems second after the Brexit Party at 19 percent, Labour in third with 13 percent and the Tories in fifth place behind the Greens with just 7 percent.
When will the EU elections results be announced?
While Britain took part in the EU elections on Thursday, the UK will have to wait for all the other EU nations to have cast their votes before the results are announced.
Ireland will voted yesterday, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia will all vote today and the remaining 21 EU nations will cast their ballots on Sunday, May 26.
The results will be announced after 10pm on Sunday.
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